And Jehovah saith unto me, 'Take to thee a great tablet, and
write upon it with a graving tool of man, To haste spoil, enjoy prey.'
And I cause faithful witnesses to testify to me, Uriah the
priest, and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah.
And I draw near unto the prophetess, and she conceiveth, and
beareth a son; and Jehovah saith unto me, 'Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz,
for before the youth doth know to cry, My father, and My
mother, one taketh away the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria, before
the king of Asshur.'
And Jehovah addeth to speak unto me again, saying:
'Because that this people hath refused The waters of Shiloah
that go softly, And is rejoicing with Rezin and the son of Remaliah,
Therefore, lo, the Lord is bringing up on them, The waters
of the river, the mighty and the great, (The king of Asshur, and all his
glory,) And it hath gone up over all its streams, And hath gone on over all its
And it hath passed on into Judah, It hath overflown and
passed over, Unto the neck it cometh, And the stretching out of its wings Hath
been the fulness of the breadth of thy land, O Emmanu-El!
Be friends, O nations, and be broken, And give ear, all ye
far off ones of earth, Gird yourselves, and be broken, Gird yourselves, and be
Take counsel, and it is broken, Speak a word, and it doth
not stand, Because of Emmanu-El!'
For thus hath Jehovah spoken unto me with strength of hand,
and instructeth me against walking in the way of this people, saying,
'Ye do not say, A confederacy, To all to whom this people
saith, A confederacy, And its fear ye do not fear, Nor declare fearful.
Jehovah of Hosts -- Him ye do sanctify, And He is
your Fear, and He your Dread,
And He hath been for a sanctuary, And for a stone of
stumbling, and for a rock of falling, To the two houses of Israel, For a gin
and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many among them have stumbled and fallen, And been
broken, and snared, and captured.
Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among My disciples.
And I have waited for Jehovah, Who is hiding His face from
the house of Jacob, And I have looked for Him.
Lo, I, and the children whom Jehovah hath given to me, Are
for signs and for wonders in Israel, From Jehovah of Hosts, who is dwelling in
And when they say unto you, 'Seek unto those having familiar
spirits, And unto wizards, who chatter and mutter, Doth not a people seek unto
its God? -- For the living unto the dead!
To the law and to the testimony! If not, let them say after
this manner, 'That there is no dawn to it.'
-- And it hath passed over into it, hardened and hungry, And
it hath come to pass, That it is hungry, and hath been wroth, And made light of
its king, and of its God, And hath looked upwards.
And unto the land it looketh attentively, And lo, adversity
and darkness! -- Dimness, distress, and thick darkness is driven away, But not
the dimness for which she is in distress!